Spine Festival 2023

Spine 2023: What’s On

KINDNESS: 10 APRIL – 10 MAY 2023

Launching on 10 April 2023, SPINE Festival 2023 continues the exploration of KINDNESS with children and families in sixteen London boroughs. This year features spoken word and arts activities delivered by local artists, touring poetry SPIN show, a series of engaging workshops and imaginative events by SPINE’s 16 Artists in Residence.

a trio of images. The first a cartoon boy in white vest that reads the boy lost in the maze. The middle image is an adult make in pink trousers and floral shirt jumping. The last image is a cartoon girl, holding hands with her younger brother.This year will also see the festival’s inaugural Kindness Poetry Competition judged by this year’s SPINE 2023 Ambassador Joseph Coelho (Waterstones’ Children’s Laureate 2022-2024) in each partnering borough.

Details of this competition will be launched on 27 October June 2022. Find out more on the Kindness Poetry Competition page.

These exciting take place throughout the month of 10 April to 10 May. The programme will be announced in February 2023.

A montage of three pictures of children learning, listening and creating during a workshop

The following boroughs will be participating next year:

Brent ● Bromley ● Ealing ● Greenwich ● Hammersmith and Fulham ● Harrow ●  Islington ● Kensington and Chelsea ● Lewisham ● Merton ● Newham ● Southwark ● Sutton ● Tower Hamlets ● Wandsworth ● Westminster

If you live in these boroughs then pop into your local library to find out more. Don’t forget to pick up a very attractive bookmark.

A group of mixed adults stand in a row, posing and looking cheery

SPINE in Previous Years

We’ve had an exceptional time with SPINE in previous years that we had to collate it all in an archive. This page contains some of the programming, the libraries that took art, artwork created and all the artists in residence that took part.

Head over to our SPINE Archive page to discover more.


SPINE is produced by Apples and Snakes in partnership with Brent Library. In previous years, it has been supported by John Lyon’s Charity and  Arts Council England. We also would like to thank library authorities across London.

Photo credit: Suzi Corker

Brent LibrariesArts Council England

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